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Zöe Pettit

My journey towards sustainability has been an on-going process throughout my whole life, but the past 3 years have shown me that we must take action and start informing ourselves of all the power we have as citizens to self-organize and make change!

I grew up feeling very connected to my Ojibwe heritage and the relationship that my people have with the Earth is honestly one of the most special things because it allows you to see yourself as part of the Earth, not just something living on it. My parents taught us to recycle, not to litter, and to use reusable water bottles but I was never taught or informed of anything climate related until I started learning on my own.

I landed at the University of Minnesota getting my Conservation Biology degree and it has given me so much hope being surrounded by classmates and peers who are as passionate and hungry for change as I am. I have met so many different people from all different types of majors who are now taking sustainability courses so that they can learn how to relate their skills and profession to the movement. I know now there is no other future for me other than in spreading awareness and helping others join this movement in a way that is constructive and accepting of the fact that small steps are the best way to ease people into the climate movement.

My aim for this site is to allow every single person to come here when they feel even the slightest bit activated and have a variety of options of ways to take action in your home, in your community, or world-wide even! It is so easy to feel overwhelmed and scared with everything happening in the climate movement, but it is seen time and time again if you can channel how you feel and push past it will allow you to be the very best activist you can be. We hope this can grow into a network of individuals from all over the world, all ages, and all professions where stories, tips, events, and much more can be embraced and shared.

Thank you for joining the fight to Cut the Crap- I can't wait to join the journey with you!

Bella Bekos

Here’s a little bit about my journey with sustainability:

I’m from a town about 15 minutes outside of Milwaukee, WI and honestly, sustainability wasn’t really on my radar when I lived there.

I grew up recycling, but knew nothing about other sustainable practices or the extent of challenges associated with climate change that have been happening all over the world.

My freshman year, a speaker came to one of my classes to encourage people to pursue a sustainability minor, assuring us that “it was really interesting!” I was doubtful that this minor would really be that interesting but after that class, I enrolled in my first sustainability course at the U.

This course completely changed my outlook on life (as cliché as that sounds) as well as what I wanted to pursue in the future. I immediately declared a sustainability minor and since then, I have been taking as many courses as possible, so eager to learn as much as I can.

I am fascinated by the human impact on the earth and deeply disheartened by all the destruction I see happening around us. I feel so motivated by these courses to do my part in living a more sustainable lifestyle, whether through easy diys at home, joining movements, or signing petitions.

Many people have told me that the little changes an individual makes don’t make that much of a difference but with this website, I want to show people that they do! With more access to information and an uplifting community, I am confident that we can all learn and grow to conserve and advocate for this one earth that we have. I came from a place of knowing nothing and I have so much more to learn but I am so excited to share this journey with all of you!

 

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